Elder Abuse and Ageism

Mistreating elders is also known as elder abuse which causes harm to the older persons. There are so many situations which come under elder abuse. This includes harms caused by people. The older person may know them or shares a relation with them like family member, friend, relative or neighbor and care takers. Ageism the prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination of single individuals on the ground of their age - often goes unnoticed. Ageing trust and practices that are pervasive and lead to circumstances of abuse in all care settings – at home, in institutions and in the community – and to the failure to protect older persons from risk. Elder abuse is the most dangerous manifestation of ageism in society and is far from being informal: it is a widespread reality in all cultural contexts.

  • Physical Abuse: slapping, hitting, pushing, improper medication etc
  • Psychological: includes criticizing, blaming, humiliating the person etc
  • Elder Financial Abuse: misappropriation of financial resources by family, strangers or care takers

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